On a dull Friday 15th October at 10am the Devon branch of the P4 drivers guild met at Exeter and set of for a long weekend in Cornwall, There were 5xp4’s and 1xp6 we headed down the the A30 for Okehampton we then headed for north Devon/Cornwall unfortunately Tony’s p4 developed a fuel problems and decided to return home to Charmouth but would join us latter in the run (determined people these Rover people) we preceded and arrived at Brooks garden centre nr Bude for our coffee stop and to meet up with our members from the north of the county, who joined us for the rest of the day our numbers swollen by 2xp4’s we then headed down the coast towards Widemouth Bay taking the small steep and windy roads towards Boscastle this is our lunch stop we went into the Cobweb Inn and had our fill.
We had time for a good chat and got to know our members from North Devon (typically nice Rover people )we had time for a good look around and see the recovery after the floods of 2004 such a beautiful place, we then went on down the coast road to Tintagal this was where we said our cherrio’s to our friends from north Devon who will be hopefully attending our meetings and help us plan for the future sorry to see them go ,we have know had a phone call from Tony
He will meet us at Polzeth we parked on the beach and went for coffee by now Tony had arrived and joined us ,at this point we had a phone call from another Tony who was p4 less informing us he had just purchased another p4 welcome back into the fold (loud cheers all round) we decided it was time to head to our accommodation which was in Fraddon on the A30 we duly arrived booked in and set a time to meet for our evening meal.
After we had eaten we meet the Rover Enthusiast club Chairman Matt and Tom we had planned to do a run with their club on Sunday this was all organised and routes printed ready we had a long chat and got to know each other , end of day one. and so to bed.
On a bright and sunny morning we meet for breakfast,after breakfast the men checked the cars for oil water ect and off we went heading for St Ives to take the north coast road towards St Just and Lands End the scenery was stunning the cars all preformed well as you would expect, on route we stopped at Geevor tin mine unfortunately it was closed but we stopped for a photo shoot, we reached Lands End ,time for a walk and a bite to eat, time for another photo shoot we took loads of photos for our club album , off we set again this time to the Minack theatre, in the car park we attracted the attention of some German holiday makers after a chat we went and looked at the views from the side of the cliff top ,off again towards the telecommunication centre to see the cable house most interesting could have spent a lot more time there,then off to St Micheals Mount best photo shoot so far had a job to get away so many people interested in our lovely cars, but back on the road again and heading for the Lizard Point into Helston and past RN Cauldrose the cars I sure were enjoying it as much as us, we arrived at Lizard Point just in time to see the café closing bad timing but we enjoyed another walk down to the sea and yes another photo shoot,it was decided that we would head back to our hotel as it was getting late,we got back to the hotel,time for a shower and change ,meet in the bar , had our evening meal Carol was elected as catering organiser she carried out her duties very well we all got what we asked for we sat and chatted about the day, estimated mileage did not match the actual mileage Ian took some stick all in good humour, end of a very enjoyable day. And so to bed.
Up early time to fill cars with petrol for those of us who didn’t do it last evening check oil water ect.quick clean we had a frost during the night but the sun was shinning on us again ,back to the room to make sure the ladies had packed, then down for breakfast ,packed suit cases into the cars ready for the off, Rover Enthusiasts South West started to arrive we had p4’s ,p5’s ,p6’s ,sdi’s, sterling’s even a little Rover 25 but all as mad about Rover as we are ,routes were handed out and introductions done we set off this time just following ,this was great no looking for signpost’s we were heading for the King Harry Ferry to take us to the Roseland peninsular some more great photos once across the river Fal we headed for St Mawes took up half the car park with our gleaming rovers time to stop for coffee and a walk about, the harbour was a busy place if we had a little more time we would have taken a boat trip (maybe next time )we all fell in love with St Mawes ,back into the cars and off we go again taking the coast road towards Charlstown we again see some lovely little villages and bays as we drive along we pass the entrance to the lost gardens of Helligon (maybe next time) we arrive in Charlestown where Matt has booked a table or two for 30 people!!we had a superb carvery more chat with everybody mixing together then off we went to look at the square riggers in the harbour this was as good as St Mawes most of the people wandering about we seemed to know it was a very relaxed day and we felt we had known our friends from Cornwall for years getting in touch with them was a stoke of luck we have already talked about meeting them again we all set off for home feeling very relaxed.
This is the first time we have organised a week-end away we were very lucky with the weather but we all enjoyed each others company and the lovely County of Cornwall the superb people we meet, it will be the first of many trips I am sure, watch our web site for more events www.p4driversguild.info if you are in Devon on holiday just get in touch we will be pleased to see you
Devon area rep